Supplement Ingredient Guide: L-Carnitine
What is it?
L-Carnitine is an amino acid which is used to transport long chains of fatty acids into the mitochondria to fuel aerobic respiration.
L-Carnitine is for those whom are looking at means of reducing muscle soreness, improving rate of recovery, maintain testosterone levels during prolonged periods of exercise and increase fat metabolism which consequently reduces weight.
How much should I take?
One should take 1-3g divided per day during days of intense training days. It’s best taken on an empty stomach either early morning or afternoon. Do not consume when not training. This is to ensure the body’s own L-Carnitine production is sustained.
L-Carnitine and its acetylated form, Acetyl-l-carnitine have been shown to be capable of reducing weight. However, under closer examination this was found to be secondary to the increased ability to exercise more as opposed to the biochemical effects. However, it has been shown to be highly effective to combat ageing effects and increasing insulin sensitivity. It’s also been shown to help improve both blood vessel and neuron health.
Overall, it has a wide variety of benefits for everyone due to it’s organ protective effects combined with it’s antioxident effects.
Up to 6g, no side effects have been reported in any of the papers. Prolonged use of doses greater than 6g has not been explored fully within the scientific field.
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